14 of his family,
Parents, wife, two daughters, three sisters, four nephews and two nieces killed
THANE: In unprecedented bloodletting that has left investigators and kin struggling to find a motive, a 35-year-old man slaughtered 14 of his family, slitting their throats while they slept at home in Thane last night, before killing himself.
Hasnain Anwar Warekar, who worked as a clerk for a chartered accountant in Navi Mumbai, allegedly murdered his parents, wife, two daughters, three of his four sisters, four of his nephews and two of his nieces. He had invited his sisters and their children over for dinner, at which the family feasted on kebabs and other nonvegetarian delicacies. The police suspect he may have laced their soft drinks with sedatives.
The neighbourhood, Kasaravadavli village on Ghodbunder Road, awoke to the screams of one of his sisters, Subiya, 22, the only one to survive.
“Bachao…bhaiyya ne sabko mar diya hai [Help …brother has killed all],” neighbours quoted her as screaming, before they forced open a ground-floor window of the two-storeyed house and pulled Subiya out. She had fought off her brother and locked herself in the room. According to the police, well after midnight, Hasnain took a knife used for the ritual butchering of animals and killed his family, one by one, before hanging himself from the staircase railings. “It is clear that Hasnain
killed the family members using the same knife as there is a witness [Subiya]. The food samples will be sent for chemical analysis,” Parambir Singh, commissioner of police, Thane, told HT.
The house in Thane where the incident took place; (inset) Hasnain Warekar.